COVID-19 – jurisdictional impact on a couple’s ability to get divorced

Some may assume that when a spouse or civil partner consults a family lawyer the marriage or partnership is effectively at an end, however this is often not the case. We are experiencing an increasing number of clients seeking initial advice before deciding whether to separate. The financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis on particular couples’ circumstances may play a part in a couple’s decision-making. However, for the most part, couples who have decided that their relationship has broken down irretrievably have been able to progress divorce or dissolution proceedings despite the pandemic.

Kendra McKinney, Family Law Partner in England & Wales and Caroline Gillespie, Family Law Partner in Scotland discuss the impact of the pandemic on couple’s ability to get divorced across both jurisdictions.

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